The Reverend Doctor Gregory M. Howard is a native of Lancaster, Virginia and currently resides in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Dr. Howard is the Senior Pastor of Union Branch Baptist Church in Chesterfield, Virginia where he promotes kingdom-like living by unconditionally loving God and all of God’s people. Pastor Howard has also served as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church East End in Newport News, Virginia and Jerusalem Baptist Church in Sparta, Virginia. In addition, Dr. Howard has served as the Interim Dean and Associate Professor of Homiletics and Practical Theology at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology. Howard is also the most recent past the President of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia.
Pastor Howard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management and Development (Bluefield College), Master of Divinity degree (Virginia Union University), and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Preaching (Aquinas Institute of Theology at St. Louis University. He is the author of Black Sacred Rhetoric: The Gospel According Religious Folk Talk and Voices Crying Out in the Wilderness: Theological Reflections Where Context Matters. Civically, he is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Above all, Pastor Howard loves God and the challenge of helping others see God’s grace in their own lives by proclaiming that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Rev. Howard believes that we have been blessed with life and created in the image of God to be with and for one another; therefore, he strives to tear down the many obstacles that keep us from coming together in godly communion. Dr. Howard shares the joy of four children with his wife, the Reverend Kimberly Gonxhe.